David Ivers

Playwright: As You Like It

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In September of 2018 David assumed the role of Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory after a two-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Arizona Theatre Company. Previous to Arizona, he served almost seven seasons as Artistic Director of the The Utah Shakespeare Festival. In Utah he acted and directed over 50 productions in a relationship spanning 20 seasons. As Artistic Director, he helped usher in a 40 million dollar expansion of facilities including two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop and administrative offices. His tenure is marked by a significant re-brand of the organization and several key initiatives including the launch of WORDS (cubed) new play program, which will feature the World Premiere of Neil Labute’s How to Fight Loneliness (Ivers returns to direct in August). In addition, Ivers spent 10 years as a resident artist building over 40 productions as actor/director with the acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company.

In his earlier career David was the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory theatre and appeared in productions at some of our countries top regional theatres; Including Portland Center Stage, The Oregon, Alabama and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals and others. In the last several seasons his Directing work has been seen at The Arizona Theatre Company (Outside Mullingar, The Music Man) The Guthrie Theatre (The Cocoanuts, Blithe Spirit), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hand to God, One Man Two Guvnors), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Coconuts, Taming of the Shrew), South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company and others. In addition, Ivers has taught at several colleges and universities and gave his first TEDx talk in 2015. His passion for parenting, writing, community, architecture and all things relating to “structure” continue to ignite him.